Former president Fidel Ramos has angrily denounced a leaked report, attributed to US diplomats, which suggested he was preparing to mount a coup against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. The report, published on Friday by the top-selling Philippine Daily Inquirer, said: 'Most disturbingly, sensitive reports maintained that former president Ramos continues a series of meetings with Forces [Federation of Retired Commissioned and Enlisted Soldiers].' This organisation, it explained, 'includes many ex-members of Ramos' cabinet, including former budget secretary Salvador Enriquez, former defence secretary Fortunato Abat, and ... [former national security adviser Jose] Almonte, [and] is a springboard for Ramos' conspiratorial hints of a forthcoming coup attempt'. The US embassy refused to comment on the report. But Mr Ramos said after flying back from China at the weekend: 'If the US embassy here in Manila refuses to make any clarification of that nasty report - nasty to me personally, but even nastier to the people of the Philippines - I challenge the person in charge of intelligence in Washington, and that is former ambassador to the Philippines John Negroponte, to override all of these subordinates of his in the US embassy to come out with the truth of the matter.' But he made no categorical denial of the report's contents. The report was dated February 24, three months before the scandals linking Mrs Arroyo to election fraud and her family to illegal gambling erupted. Mr Almonte said the report's conclusion - that he and Mr Ramos were plotting - was 'erroneous' because both were instead pushing for a change in the form of government, from presidential to parliamentary. He said the claimed US report could have been leaked at this time because of Mr Ramos' recent advice for President Arroyo to 'sacrifice [by] giving up a part of your elected term of office' by early next year. 'That feeling of urgency of president Ramos, I think, is the one that pressures him to make statements that the palace may not be very happy about.' Another report, which was dated August 8 and also published by the Inquirer, suggested Mrs Arroyo doubted the loyalty of her own security detail. It quoted an unnamed Philippine intelligence official as saying that 'units assigned to security detail at Malacanang Palace were ordered to return arms to home base armouries'. 'Sources claimed this action was ordered by Arroyo approximately two weeks ago and was issued to ensure no one of suspect allegiance would be able to approach Arroyo while carrying arms.' The report was made a month after Mrs Arroyo was besieged by cabinet resignations and calls for her to resign. Her security chief, Brigadier-General Delfin Bangit, said the policy for presidential security guards to be armed had not changed. But the newspaper quoted a palace official as saying that those assigned to act as Mrs Arroyo's bodyguards were disarmed as part of standard operating procedure 'because they could be a threat to the one they are protecting'. Presidential spokesman Ignacio Bunye dismissed both reports as 'fiction'.